Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), UPSTREAM

Author: David Azoulay, Priscilla Villa, Yvette Arellano, Miriam Gordon, Doun Moon, Kathryn Miller, Kristen Thompson


This report provides a detailed overview of the health impacts associated with plastic at every stage of its supply chain and lifecycle, and it reveals the numerous exposure routes through which human health is impacted at each stage. It details the physical impacts of ingesting, inhaling, and touching plastic, as well as the toxic chemicals associated with those plastic particles, whether chemical additives, processing agents, or byproducts of plastic.